Censorship on the Internet: From Filters to Freedom of Speech

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In Censorship on the Internet: From Filters to Freedom of Speech, author Wendy Herumin defines complex terms and concepts as she explores this controversial subject. With such diverse topics as the Bill of Rights, filters in schools and libraries, the legal status of students, and the worldwide debate over the World Wide Web, Censorship on the Internet covers issues of great relevance to young readers.
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Overview

In Censorship on the Internet: From Filters to Freedom of Speech, author Wendy Herumin defines complex terms and concepts as she explores this controversial subject. With such diverse topics as the Bill of Rights, filters in schools and libraries, the legal status of students, and the worldwide debate over the World Wide Web, Censorship on the Internet covers issues of great relevance to young readers.
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Do you believe the need to protect youngsters from "immoral" Internet materials supersedes the civil liberty rights of others? What would you define Internet pornography to be? What authorities do school officials have when it comes to filtering Internet information? When does valid practice cross the line and become authoritarian censorship? Herumin presents and analyzes these and related questions dealing with Internet censorship in this thoughtful work. Censorship on the Internet begins with an analysis of the power of both censorship and information access. Then, the author delves into the convoluted way in which the Internet itself has revolutionized information retrieval and use. Finally, there is a review of some of the more relevant issues linked to the broader concern of censorship as it applies to Internet sources. This book tackles a worthy subject that will be of interest to younger readers who are generally quite connected to the Internet themselves. By presenting multiple and often opposing perspectives on this important subject, Wendy Herumin has created a book that will inform and challenge her readers. 2004, Enslow, Ages 12 up.
—Greg M. Romaneck
VOYA
These volumes in the Issues in Focus series are well documented and clearly organized with copious, up-to-date endnotes and further reading lists that include both print and Internet resources. The books are not too long to discourage the casual reader, yet their content is serious enough to provide a good grounding for the more scholarly student interested in a field. Censorship on the Internet focuses on the controversies. It is a discussion about minors' access to and use of the Internet. The author presents both sides of the issue through descriptions of state and federal court cases and legislation regarding filtering, school regulation of home-based Web sites, and even international law. It is particularly helpful when the author draws parallels between Internet and other media such as print and radio. This reviewer has only one complaint about this series. The black-and-white photographs in both books are grainy and look decades old even when they are recent. Straight text would almost have been preferable. Otherwise, these books are definitely a worthwhile addition to any library collection. (Issues in Focus). VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2004, Enslow, ; Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Biblio. Source Notes. Further Reading., PLB. Ages 11 to 15.
—Beth Karpas
School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up-Internet filtering is a hot topic in school and public libraries, and is the subject of much discussion, and confusion, in the media. Herumin tries to crystallize this complicated topic so that young people might understand the relationship between free speech and the Internet. The information is presented in 10 chapters, each of which begins with a brief and simply written introduction. The subtopics are highlighted in bold print, and specific court decisions are referenced throughout. Black-and-white photographs appear occasionally, but they are dull and outdated. Those interested in this ongoing controversial debate will find simple explanations of CDA (Communications Decency Act), CIPA (Children's Internet Protection Act), COPA (Child Online Protection Act), and COPPA (Children's Online Privacy Protection Act), but they will not come away with much more. Tamara Roleff's Censorship (Greenhaven, 2001) offers more in-depth information, but Herumin's book is a good starting point.-Pat Scales, South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, Greenville Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766019461
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Series: Issues in Focus Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 11 - 15 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 4
1 Conflicts in Cyberspace 5
2 Exploring the Internet 19
3 A New Form of Media 25
4 Web Censorship in the United States 30
5 Libraries and the First Amendment 44
6 Schools, Free Speech, and the Web 57
7 Online Pornography and Other Controversies 72
8 Privacy and Predators 85
9 The Global Debate 94
10 Conflicting Viewpoints and Common Ground 99
Chapter Notes 108
Glossary 123
Further Reading and Internet Addresses 125
Index 126
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